2014 FIFA World Cup: Belgium vs United States Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/1/14
Belgium (3-0) vs. United States (1-1-1)
World Cup: Tuesday, July 1, 2014 at 4:00 pm (Brazil)
The Line: USA +333 See the Latest Odds
Belgium and the United States face off on Tuesday afternoon in the final round of 16 match up at the 2014 World Cup.
Belgium emerged from their group as winners which is what many people had expected but they didn’t do it in convincing fashion which was also a pre-tournament expectation for the European side that a lot of people have as a dark horse to win it all. Belgium have a very strong side but haven’t been able to generate a ton of success throughout the group stage and self admittedly by a number of Belgian players but this is the knockout stage and you can be sure this is where they’ll play their top football. There is growing concern though with the Belgians as they will be without two of their starters as a red card in the final group stage match forces a suspension and injury woes are mounting as well and while it is smart to possibly rest players who may not be 100% for games later on in the tournament you’d best better be confident in your shot to advance.
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The United States emerged out of the group of death as they fended off Ghana and Portugal and came through with Germany and now they have a great chance to catch a Belgian side short-handed. There has been much criticism and controversy surrounding this US side as the snub of Landon Donovan and the public statements by Klinsman saying he doesn’t believe his team will win has overshadowed the team’s performance thus far but all can be forgotten with a win here. The Americans have played better as the tournament has moved along and now with Jozy Altidore available I think the US has a very good shot at winning this game in 90 minutes. I haven’t been impressed at all with Belgium in this tournament and I think the Americans are well worth a shot here in what could be the biggest victory in United States soccer history.